Foundation’s $50,000 Grant to Green Jobs Academy Featured in Boston Globe

The Foundation is proud that our partnership with and $50,000 grant to South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)’s Green Jobs Academy through our Workforce Development Action Project was featured in an article in the Boston Globe on February 28, 2023.

Tuition-free weatherization courses available to area adults

By John Laidler Globe Correspondent

A Framingham-based anti-poverty agency will be offering a limited number of tuition-free weatherization courses to area adults as a result of a recent $50,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest.

Through its Green Jobs Academy located in Marlborough, the South Middlesex Opportunity Council provides training for area residents seeking to work in the home weatherization industry. The new grant will allow the academy to waive tuition costs for seven area adults to attend its two-week Home Weatherization Boot Camp, which prepares students to work as installers. It will also allow the academy to provide free tuition to three of those students to take its more comprehensive six-week training, which covers skills needed by installers and energy auditors.

The grant was provided through the foundation’s Workforce Development Action Project, which seeks to address income inequality in the MetroWest region. To apply for one of the tuition-free opportunities, e-mail the academy’s program manager, Evan Pagliuca, at

Additional Press About Our Green Jobs Academy Grant

March 5, 2023
The Community Advocate – Foundation funds Green Jobs Academy courses for local students

February 16, 2023
Marlborough Patch – Marlborough Green Jobs Program Offers Free Training To Locals

If you would like additional information about the Foundation’s Action Projects, including the Workforce Development Project, contact



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